Monday, January 21, 2013

Tree trimming precautions

One of our clients in the Chicago suburbs recently asked us to trim some dead and dying limbs from a pine tree. This tree was located next to his fence and back patio, so the dead limbs were not only an eye sore, but also a hazard and really needed to be removed. A trimming project, seemingly simple, actually is rather complex. As you will see, trimming is by no means an easy task. The climber must have proper training, a great deal of physical ability, and safety awareness.

Tree trimming. For a trimming project, it is important not to use spikes when ascending the tree. Spiking a live tree leaves small wounds along the trunk. These open wounds could lead to health problems in the future. It is important to take care when climbing the tree and to also take care of the spike wounds along the trunk. This should be left to a professional tree service who is well trained on how to care for a tree that is need of such trimming.

Pruning. Tree Pruning. Pruning cuts must be made at the branch collar. If pruning cuts are made too close to the trunk (this is called a “flush cut”) the tree is not able to properly heal over the cut. Flush cuts leave a tree more susceptible to future rot, infections, and pest infestations. 

Rigging. Tree rigging. It is often necessary to lower limbs down using a rope. This is called rigging. This prevents the branches from causing damage to property below.

There's lots to consider before you take the pruners to a tree. Consult with your local tree service before you just start cutting without a plan.

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